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Hugh Mackay

The Hugh Mackay Story

Hugh Mackay carpets have been making premium quality Axminster and tufted carpets for more than 100 years. The story begins in Durham in 1903, when Hugh Mackay installed eleven looms in a disused carpet factory to keep carpet making alive in Durham. His son joined the business, which then became known as Mackays of Durham. They began producing Wilton carpets, then came their famous Durham Twist tufted carpet, with Axminster carpets joining their collection in 1935. No home was complete without a Durham carpet!


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In 1970, they moved from their factory beside the River Wear to a much bigger site in Dragonville, adding extra looms to ramp up the production of Axminster carpets. The growth in the business saw them awarded the Royal Warrant in 1972. As well as supplying carpets to the Royal Households, Windsor Castle, and the Houses of Parliament, you can find a Hugh Mackay carpet decking out prestigious cruise ships such as the QE1 and the QE2, and gracing the floors of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In 2008, they became part of the Whitestone Weavers group of flooring manufacturers and relocated to their current site in Hartlepool, but continue to drive forward with their heritage and the Hugh Mackay name. In addition to their Axminster, Wilton and tufted carpets, Hugh Mackay also supply beautiful handmade carpets woven from 100% wool on a hand loom, as well as their HassleFree carpets, which include a Lifetime Stainfree warranty.


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Why we love Hugh Mackay

  • Made in Britain - All Hugh Mackay carpets are made in the UK.
  • Natural underfoot - Whether you choose a 100% pure wool or a wool blend carpet, you’ll experience the wonderful warmth, natural texture, and incredible softness of a wool carpet.
  • Sustainable - Most Hugh Mackay carpets are made from a wool blend. Wool is the most sustainable material you can use as it’s recyclable, biodegradable and comes from a renewable source.
  • Free 12-month Wool Owners Warranty - This service aims to keep your wool carpet looking fantastic year after year and is included with any Hugh Mackay wool carpet. You’ll receive a helpful array of wool carpet care products such as a WoolSafe spot remover, a visit from a WOW registered carpet cleaner, and access to their emergency spot removal call out service.
  • Wide widths - All carpets come in 4m and 5m widths for fewer visible seams, making them the perfect choice for larger rooms.

Hugh Mackay collections available at Tapi

Durham Twist is Hugh Mackay’s flagship range and has proved popular since it was first introduced. Made from 80% wool, this plain tufted carpet is an incredibly versatile and simple style that stands the test of time, and is available in 60 colours and 3 qualities, alongside 10 co-ordinating striped designs. Read more

How to order a Hugh Mackay carpet

We stock Hugh Mackay carpets in all our stores, so visit your nearest Tapi store to view the full range. There you’ll find samples galore and a team of carpet experts ready to answer all your questions. Or book a home visit and we’ll bring our whole flooring collection to you!

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